Over To You: How Do You Back Up Your Music?

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Last updated 3 August, 2017

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Hard drive failures – yes, they happen to both PCs and Macs, and you could end up losing all your data. Backing up your music is crucial, and we’d like to know how you do it.

Nothing’s unsexier than the words “hard drive backup”. Unfortunately, as more of our music crosses onto the digital domain (I don’t even have CDs any more), it becomes crucial to have a backup routine in place. Yes, I said “routine”: this is something you do regularly, scheduled on your calendar, not a one-off thing that you do every three years or when your significant other wants more space on your shared laptop for videos of your in-laws’ 50th wedding anniversary.

In today’s question, we’d like to know: what’s your system for backing up your music library, and what storage do you use? I’ll kick it off: I’ve got a bi-annual schedule to do it (first in December after I prune my library, and then in June), and I use a 1TB external hard drive to make a complete mirror of my entire music folder. This includes my iTunes library because I still use iTunes to organise my music.

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So, over to you: How do you back up your music? Do you keep a regular schedule for backing up and pruning your library? Do you use an external hard drive, or do you prefer storing your music in the cloud? Share your tips and tricks with us below.